Since that other guy, (aka "the Peck"), is swiping Mira for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we had Santa visit a week early this year. We had planned on getting a pug for her for a long time and had already picked out the runt of the litter from some nice folks up north. They babysat him for nearly a month while we patiently waited for the big day to arrive.
So this last Saturday, I drove out to B.F.E. and picked the little guy up. He cried for about twenty minutes on the way back before falling asleep in my lap. Since he would be from Santa, I had my friend, Toni, watch him overnight. (She threatened to keep him if he didn't quit being soooo cute immediately.) By the time I got home, it was already almost midnight.
Jen and I stayed up and wrapped up the rest of the gifts. She moved around piles of "stuff and junk" while I scrubbed the kitchen floor. When we were done cleaning and wrapping, it was 4 in the morning. But the house was spotless and ready for Christmas. Being Santa is darn hard work!
This is what happens when Santa passes out while having another victory beer and watching late-night infomercials. I'm sure we've all seen the popular internet-cat-meme in the same pose. Good thing Jen got a picture of that.
At 6:30 in the morning (that's right a whole 3 hours of sleep that night), I headed over to Toni and Blake's to pick up the new family member. He'd done his job already by christening both their rug and the bed. When I got home, Mira was already waking up, so Jen kept her entertained upstairs while I did my best to wrap up the pug's kennel. Then I went upstairs to tell her, "I think we better go downstairs and look at something. Looks like there's a surprise down there." So off she went to investigate.
Indeed she noticed that the stockings were stuffed and ran over. Then the red present emitted a whine. "What's that?!?" Mira asked while peeking through the screened front. A large set of droopy brown eyes peeked back at her. "I think it's a pug puppy!" she exclaimed, and began tearing the paper off.
The puppy wanted out and Mira was a little scared of the squirming, snuffling little guy at first. But she quickly warmed up to him and was soon giving him hugs. After the mandatory photo session, we introduced "Sid" to his new home. There was a lot for him to explore and he did his part by leaving his mark on lots of various carpet locations. (He is nearly paper trained, I think he was simply overly excited this day and forgot to sniff for the paper.)
When my parents arrived, we drove over to the Downtowner for brunch and to listen to our friend, Jon De Vaal, play a few tunes. We picked up Bob on the way so he could spend the day with us. When we got back home, Mira and I went straight for the wrapped up goodies under the tree. Sid delighted in eating as much wrapping paper as he could get ahold of while Mira merrily provided more.
We all had a wonderful time enjoying each others company and playing with the new toys. At the end of the day, Mira snuggled down with Sid and spent the first night sleeping entirely through till morning without incident. (see "night crisis", we've been dealing with it for a month or so now.) She's awfully proud to be Sid's new mommy and show how she's not scared at night anymore. He returned his gratitude by not peeing in her bed. :)